Best Fairway Woods 2016 Review – Get Distance Off The Fairway

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For our Best Golf Fairway Woods 2016 Review we selected the top 10 fairway woods on the market in 2016 and then compared them side-by-side on the range.

We tried to keep our selection pretty broad in terms of handicap suitability, but admittedly, most of the fairway woods featured below are for low single figure to high-teen handicaps.

If you are just beginning golf or are a high handicapper we recommend you check out our review of the Best Golf Clubs for Beginners and High Handicappers.

Let’s jump into our Best Golf Fairway Woods 2016 review and find out which is best for you and why!

Looking for our 2017 selection, check out our Best Golf Fairway Woods 2017 Review.

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Our Editor’s Choice for the Best Fairway Wood for 2016 is the Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood.

Best Golf Fairway Woods 2016

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Assessment Criteria

With the huge variety of offerings on the market, the most challenging aspect we had was choosing a comprehensive set of fairway woods to review. We initially cast the net wide, but quickly whittled the list down to our view of the 10 best golf fairway woods available on the market at the moment.

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best golf fairway woods for 2016.

All fairway woods were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 5 key aspects: Design and Appearance, Build Quality, Control / Feel, Performance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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Side-by-Side Comparison of all Fairway Woods

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the 10 fairway woods we reviewed in our Best Fairway Woods for 2016 assessment. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your fairway wood of choice!

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Editor choice
Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review

Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review

Callaway. You thinking stylish with a bit of funk. You thinking super long. You remember how it was one of the ...

Best price
2 Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

Can you remember the first time you ever saw a metal fairway wood? You remember how big you thought it was back ...

Best value
3 Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood Review

Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood Review

It’s hard to get any better when you’re already the best. That’s the position Taylormade find themselves in when it ...

$179 $249 Buy It Now
4 Cobra King Ltd Fairway Wood Review

Cobra King Ltd Fairway Wood Review

You've just NAILED your 3 wood off the tee and your partners have also just hit their fairway woods 'for position'. ...

$249 $299 Buy It Now
Best seller
5 Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review

Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review

A very interesting question that you probably don't ever think about too much when buying a new club - what ...

$229 $299 Buy It Now
6 Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review

Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review

Is there ever going to be a limit to the technology that goes into improving the playability of golf equipment? ...

$199 $329 Buy It Now
7 Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Do you find that in general your misses with a fairway wood are always low down on the club? No I don't mean you ...

8 Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Review

Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood, the pros and cons, and a ...

$149 $250 Buy It Now
9 Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood Review

Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood Review

Are you the kind of player that struggles to keep your fairway woods down in terms of ball flight? Even ...

10 Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood, the pros and cons, and a ...

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Brief Overview of Top 3 Golf Fairway Woods for 2016

Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood

The Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood is our Editor’s Choice for Fairway Woods in 2016.

A beautiful club that isn’t so much focused on distance as it is on playability and ball flight. Versatile and also feels fantastic on center strikes. Without doubt the best value fairway wood on the market in our opinion.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Callaway have won the race here in terms of playability – the straighter leading edge is to thank for this and really provides a consistently good strike
  • Mid to high launch with a low spin rate that really does improve accuracy and is not affected by the elements
  • Good looking solid black appearance, especially from aerial view

CONS:
  • Only thing that MIGHT (really scraping the barrel here) be a factor is because of the very shallow profile you may strike the clubface a bit too high up off the tee or from first cut of rough


Titleist 915F Fairway Wood

The Titleist 915F is our Best Seller for 2016 and simply put it’s a quality brand that most golfers love.

A Players club. All the factors that the good ball striker will really appreciate and use to their advantage!

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • More than long enough, plenty of oomph on the center strikes with low spin
  • High launching, which in turn improves accuracy and dispersion
  • Feels superb on center strikes – this is actually a consistent factor in Titleist fairways and drivers
  • Very workable in terms of shaping it either way

CONS:
  • Forgiveness not exceptional – off slightly downhill lies or when sitting down a touch it’s tough to get the whole face on the back of the ball
  • Beware fiddling with the loft/lie adjustability too often unless helped by a professional as it can affect shot dispersion


Cobra King Ltd Fairway Wood

Funky offering from Cobra that offers a range of benefits and is one of our best picks for 2016.

It is an expensive choice, but the King Ltd is POWER in a nutshell. If you struggle with confidence in your fairway woods and looking for a bit more length then this has your name on it.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Very long!! In fact the longest fairway wood we’ve tested and will give you huge confidence
  • Forgiving clubface where there isn’t much difference between center and off-center strikes
  • Funky checked crown that makes you look twice

CONS:
  • Expensive purchase – even though it has plenty of punch
  • The feedback isn’t the best either with you not being able to define EXACTLY where you struck each shot

Image DescriptionScore Offers
Editor choice
Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review

Callaway Great Big Bertha Fairway Wood Review

Callaway. You thinking stylish with a bit of funk. You thinking super long. You remember how it was one of the ...

Best price
2 Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

Can you remember the first time you ever saw a metal fairway wood? You remember how big you thought it was back ...

Best value
3 Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood Review

Taylormade M2 Fairway Wood Review

It’s hard to get any better when you’re already the best. That’s the position Taylormade find themselves in when it ...

$179 $249 Buy It Now
4 Cobra King Ltd Fairway Wood Review

Cobra King Ltd Fairway Wood Review

You've just NAILED your 3 wood off the tee and your partners have also just hit their fairway woods 'for position'. ...

$249 $299 Buy It Now
Best seller
5 Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review

Titleist 915F Fairway Wood Review

A very interesting question that you probably don't ever think about too much when buying a new club - what ...

$229 $299 Buy It Now
6 Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review

Taylormade M1 Fairway Wood Review

Is there ever going to be a limit to the technology that goes into improving the playability of golf equipment? ...

$199 $329 Buy It Now
7 Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Ping G Fairway Wood Review

Do you find that in general your misses with a fairway wood are always low down on the club? No I don't mean you ...

8 Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Review

Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Nike Vapor Fly Fairway Wood, the pros and cons, and a ...

$149 $250 Buy It Now
9 Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood Review

Srixon Z 355 Fairway Wood Review

Are you the kind of player that struggles to keep your fairway woods down in terms of ball flight? Even ...

10 Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Mizuno JPX EZ Fairway Wood, the pros and cons, and a ...

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